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A full programme of Britten's works at the Proms culminates in a semi-staged performance of Michael Grandage's acclaimed Glyndebourne production of the story of an outsider fighting the establishment

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Opera festival of the week: Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, Riverside Studios, London W6

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Sir Antonio Pappano: 'I had no ambition to conduct'

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The opera venue's act will be honoured at this year's festival reports Jessica Duchen.

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